Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy (the full synopsis is below). Now fully aware of his feelings for Joya, Shannon finds he’s got some possible competition with his cousins, Trevor, Kevin and Wyatt, who are over at his mother’s house, helping set up for her annual Independence Day party while discussing that ‘girl’.
“You know,” Trevor said, nudging his arm, “That sweet Latin thing helping you.”
Shannon raised an eyebrow and asked, “Joya?”
“Yeah that’s her.”
“Trevor said she’s a looker, huh?” Wyatt said, a cheap smile on his face; Shannon didn’t like where the conversation was going.
“Hot,” Trevor added, “And single too, thought I’d take a crack at her.”
Shannon frowned, a little jealous–no, a lot jealous. Not that he imagined Joya could be charmed by Trevor or any of his other cousins, especially Kevin, who was now using his fork to pick food out of his teeth, but the fact that they might try something had Shannon ready to fight.
Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.
Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.
This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.
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